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Fall patterns are starting

Don Schnable
October 13, 2013
Bull Shoals - Freshwater Fishing Report

Subject: Bull Shoals from the EAST Side Don Schnable

The water temperature has started to drop and the people fishing has gone up so there are more fish being caught. The temperature is in the mid 70's on the surface around the lake. The thermocline is still hanging anywhere from the 27 to 35 foot level. The level has dropped down to 559 level. The visibility is better then it normally is this time of year. The spotted bass are hangin in the 30 to 35 foot level with some being down as deep as 45. There have been lots of good stringers being brought in by drop shoting live bait. The Largemouth are still fairly shallow along the steeper banks and above the brush piles. The small mouth bass have been moving up closer too anywhere from surface to 15 foot of water. See below for patterns. Still haven't seen many walleye yet but they should be getting close. I haven't had many people fishing for walleye yet. The spear fisherman are doing rather well in the 30 to 35foot range. Not much else for now. Until next time.
BASS - updated 09-27-13

- Top water is working most of the time now. Spooks, flukes and any plastics that will go from the surface to 10 feet seem to be the best.

- Plastics are working in 10 to 15 feet of water in the middle of the day. The mustard colored and watermelon colored tube jig (gitzit) seem to be the best.

- Spinner baits on cloudy windy banks for Largemouth bass. Mostly natural colors in clear water and bright colors in dingy water.

- split shot or drop shot a night crawler or in 30 to 40 feet of water.

- Split shot a crawfish in 30 to 45 feet of water

- vertical spooning in 30 to 45 feet of water

WHITE BASS - updated 09-27-13

Very few reports of white bass. I would think trolling or spooning should be producing some of these.

Walleye - updated 09-27-13

- Bottom bouncing with night crawlers in 30 to 40 feet is producing some walleye.

- split shoting or drop shoting night crawlers in 30 to 40 feet is producing walleye

- flat trolling with deep diving baits, simulate a bluegill or minnow .

- spooning in 30 to 40 feet of water.

Crappie -

- Small minnows around brush piles

- small 1/16 ,1/32, 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles.

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